Free Loft Insulation Grants in Cardiff, Bridgend, Newport, Swansea, Caerphilly and
throughout South Wales.
provided there is no more than 100mm (4 inches) of existing loft insulation.
Free Loft Insulation Grants are still available throughout South Wales.
The Government Home Insulation Grant Scheme has changed again (17/9/18). In some ways it is an improvement over the old scheme, but other aspects have got a whole lot worse.
The Standard Home Insulation Grant that everyone qualified for (even Richard Branson) has been withdrawn.
The Enhanced Home Insulation Grant – which you have to qualify for, has been broadened. Many people who did not qualify for this grant in the past will now qualify.
We do of course undertake work where the customer simply pays for the job where no funding is available, i.e. where the existing insulation is greater that 100mm (4 inches), or they do not qualify for a Grant.
How is Loft Insulation Funded?
The Government have massive European targets to reduce Carbon Emissions. The Government passed the buck and gave a Legal Obligation to the Gas and Electricity companies to reduce Carbon Emissions.
The system was simplified and an EPC is not required to calculate the Carbon Emissions saved by insulating a loft. Instead the Government have “deemed” an amount of Carbon Emission savings for each type of property – terraced, semi-detached, detached etc, and the number of bedrooms.
The problem with this system is that you get the same level of funding whether you have no insulation or 100mm (4 inches) of insulation. So those with 100mm will benefit at the cost of those who have no loft insulation whatsoever.
Is my Loft suitable for insulating?
We carryout a thorough survey of the loft space to ascertain it’s suitability. Any findings or concerns are then discussed with the customer. These could include but not limited to – damp, ceiling cracks, high amp cables, downlighters, wasps nests, evidence of rodents, condensation etc.
If Bats are present, you cannot have your loft insulated – they are a protected species, and must not be disturbed. However, the loft can be insulated during their “away period”.
How is Loft insulation installed?
We don’t use the “itchy stuff” any more.
We use what can be described as a “quilt” which the manufactures state “you could comfortably sleep on”.
The rolls are brought into the house in “poly bags” and taken into the loft, where the insulation is removed from the bags.
The first layer of insulation is then laid between the joists. A second layer is then laid at right angles to the first layer, that is across the joists. The recommended depth of loft insulation is 270mm ( 11 inches).
Our technicians will then ensure that there is sufficient ventilation within the loft space. That is basically it. Each loft will have it’s own set of circumstances such as down-lighters, electricity cables etc. These would have been noted during the initial survey and discussed with the customer.
An average semi-detached house would take less than 2 hours to insulate. The empty bags are removed and no mess to be seen.
All our technicians are fully insured.
We do not install “rafter” insulation. There are 2 main reasons for this.
Firstly, we just don’t see the point of it. Yes, it stops the heat from leaving the house, but does not stop the heat from leaving the “living space”. It only serves to heat the loft space – great if you are growing plants in the loft
However our second reason is somewhat scary. Rafter insulation normally takes the form of “foam insulation” and this forms a bond with the roof. I had read horror stories online where a problem had arisen with a tile letting in water. Owing to the bond formed by the foam insulation the whole roof had to be removed. In August 2016 I had a call from a customer in Whitchurch, Cardiff where that exact same situation had arisen. The customer had to have the roof replaced at a cost of £7,000.
Loft Insulation is supposed to save you money – not cost you £1,000’s.